Press Release

April 30, 2024 — Summit Broadband, a leading fiber-optics telecommunications provider, is leveraging Ciena’s industry-leading WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) to offer 400Gb/s wavelength services to enterprise customers in Central and Southwest Florida. 

An enduring presence in Florida for more than three decades, Summit Broadband owns and operates over 4,300 fiber-route miles of infrastructure and serves industries and communities throughout the state with voice, video, data, internet, and Ethernet services, as well as dark fiber transport.

With data consumption on the rise due to the proliferation of high-bandwidth applications like cloud computing, IoT devices, and video streaming, enterprises today require more capacity—and Summit Broadband has rolled out 400Gb/s wavelengths to support these needs with the necessary bandwidth.

“The demand for bandwidth shows no signs of slowing down, and our new 400Gb/s service ensures that our business customers have the high performance and scalability essential for applications like data center interconnect, which require fast speeds and low latency,” said Bill Lean, Vice President of Wholesale, Indirect Channel, and Solution Architecture at Summit Broadband. 

Providing the underlying technology for the 400Gb/s service is Ciena’s WL5e. Summit Broadband and Ciena have a long-standing relationship, with Ciena powering Summit’s optical network.

“Ciena’s proven WL5e technology allows Summit to deliver more data per unit of energy over our existing infrastructure, maximizing network utilization and providing capex and opex savings. This means that we’re able to provide services in a more environmentally friendly way, reducing carbon footprint and contributing to our sustainability efforts,” added Lean. 

“With WL5e, can push 400Gb/s over longer distances without additional amplifiers or regeneration. And when our customers need more bandwidth, we’re able to easily scale.”

The network is managed via Ciena’s Navigator Network Control Suite, which provides end-to-end visibility and assurance from a single point of control. 

For more information about Summit Broadband, visit summitbb.com.

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